2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog
Otto Miller Hall
John Lindberg, Physics/GEngr Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering
Phil Prins, Computer Science/Coordinator Computer Engineering
Elaine P. Scott, Engineering/Director of Engineering Programs
Engineering Programs Mission: Preparing engineers with a Christian worldview who are called to serve, equipped to lead, and sent to engage the world with their lives and through the appropriate use of technology.
Engineers apply knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of humankind and our world. Today, as civilization becomes more complex, engineers must not only have a deeper understanding of the physical world and our rapidly changing technologies, but they must also hold an increased sensitivity to the long-term effects of technology on people and the environment.
At Seattle Pacific University, our engineering programs provide a unique environment for integrating our Christian beliefs with its calls for service and stewardship with engineering problem solving skills and the liberal arts focus on critical thinking and communication.
Here at Seattle Pacific, students develop these skills through an academically challenging curriculum with hands-on, design-oriented applications, in a Christ-centered community-oriented environment, supported by a dedicated and easily accessible faculty. With these foundations, our graduates are well prepared to engage our culture’s technical challenges to change the world for the benefit of humankind and God’s creation.
SPU offers B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (BSEE), general engineering (BSGE), and computer engineering (BSCPE). The BSEE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The BSGE degree offers concentrations in computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and appropriate and sustainable engineering. The computer and mechanical engineering concentrations are natural complements to the electrical engineering program due to the many areas of synergy between these fields. The appropriate and sustainable concentration is a unique program designed as a direct response to our Christian calls for stewardship of our planet and service to the poor.
Here, we seek to address our environmental footprint in the developed world through sustainable engineering solutions while addressing the needs of the world’s poor through development of appropriate technology.
3-2 Transfer Program
These agreements allow students to complete three years of study at SPU and two years at the partnering school resulting in a B.A. in physical sciences from SPU and a B.S. from the participating engineering school.
During the three years spent in residence at SPU, the student satisfies both the requirements for the SPU B.A. degree and many fundamental requirements for the B.S. degree by taking the core Christian foundations, liberal arts, and prescribed courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering. If the student then fulfills the entrance requirements of the partnering university, he or she may then transfer to the participating university. At that university, the student will spend two years taking upper-division engineering courses to complete the second degree.
Electrical Engineering “Flex” Degree Program for Full-time Working Students
Students interested in the flex program are strongly advised to contact the electrical engineering chair for details. Completion of a direct transfer A.A. degree through Washington community colleges is highly recommended. See the transfer student guide for more information.
The Engineering Department will provide information to help students find internships, but students are individually responsible for finding and completing appropriate internships.
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
Expectations of Entering High School Students
Those students entering with deficiencies should consult an engineering advisor for a program of preparation for the engineering curriculum. SAT scores higher than 1200 are given consideration for freshman engineering scholarships.
Expectations of Entering Transfer Students
Calculus Successful Progress Requirement
All students intending on majoring in engineering (EE, CPE, general engineering, physical sciences) must meet the successful calculus progress requirement listed below:
Admission to Engineering Majors
For applicants to the electrical engineering major or the general engineering computer engineering concentration, the completed coursework must include EE 2726 Circuits I or a course taken at SPU requiring Circuits I as a prerequisite.
For applicants to the general engineering mechanical or appropriate and sustainable concentrations, the completed coursework must include either EE 2726 Circuits I or EGR 2981 Statics, or a course taken at SPU requiring Circuits I or Statics as a prerequisite.
Students must complete the major requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog year of admittance to the major.
Humanities and Social Science Requirement
Students who take the full SPU Core and Exploratory general education program more than meet this requirement. However, transfer students should carefully select their courses to ensure they fulfill the 24-credit humanities and social-science requirement both in breadth and depth. They must see their assigned general education advisor to ensure this requirement is met.